Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPASierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA
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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPASierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV: 6.7%
Beginning gravity: 14.7 Plato
Ending gravity: 3.9 Plato
IBU: 66
Malts: Pale and Caramel
Yeast: Top-fermenting ale yeast
Bittering hops: Pacific Halertau
Finishing hops: New Zealand Motueka and New Zealand Southern Cross

Added by Todd on 05-07-2008

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#3,016
Reviews:
1,344
Ratings:
3,098
pDev:
9.9%
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Ratings: 3,098 |  Reviews: 1,344
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this about 2 weeks ago, review based on notes

Pours an amber/copper with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Pine & biscuitty malt

T: Pine & grapefruit, plus caramel & herbal hops up front. More herbal piney hops as this warms. A hint of booze, breadyness & more hops in the finish

MF: Medium bodied, chewy with subtle carbonation & good balance

Drinks really easy, can't really find any real fault with this offering

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Photo of woodychandler
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Arrived with a finger of foamy medium-tan head exploding with CO2 bubbles and good retention. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a cool mintiness like spearmint. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite hop bite, but unlike the usual citrus flavor, this was slightly grassy and minty. On the mint front, the finish had a definite minty cleanliness. Seek this out!

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a small cap of bone white foam.

Smell: Predominately leafy, floral hop aroma with notes of honeysuckle and jasmine with a few drops of gooey resin.

Taste: Pale malts, a bit sweet. Then you get a hit of leaves, flowers, and dried herbs. Coarse ground black pepper. Medium bitternes. Finishes dry and decidedly crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, tasty beer. The best thing to come oughta New Zealand since those hobbit movies.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. For some reason, this beer had been eluding me for some time. Finally found it at a store and grabbed it.

A: Poured a nice copper/orange color, slighty hazy in color. A white head formed on top, bery foamy and thick, about 1.5 fingers in height. Really nice retention and sticky lacing.

S: The aroma was very fresh, lots of pine, orange, orange rind, grapefruit, and cut grass. These aromas are what I love about IPAs. There is just a bit of caramel to balance it a bit.

T: The flavor profile is similar to the aroma. A good pit of resiny pine, some grapefruit and orange, as well as a good bit of orange peel and zest. The malt balances the hop bitterness nicely with some caramelized malt and biscuit. There is a slight onion flavor though that knocks it down slightly for me. Otherwise great.

M: Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Very crisp and clean, with a dry/bitter finish.

O: An impressive IPA, one of the better I have had recently, and would be enjoyed by any hophead.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing kumquat with lemony amber highlights. Although there's no coral red, the beer looks like a sunset in a glass. The head is a masterpiece as well. Not so much the khaki coloring, but the combination of creamy stickiness, the mounds of glassine bubbles and the wealth of fantastic looking lace. Wow, what a looker!

For a fresh hop ale (not amazingly fresh at this point, I know), the nose isn't as pungent as it could be. It's still a treat for the nostrils. A small-moderate amount of caramel malt rounds out what smells like mostly pale malt. The hops are citrus fruity first and earthy-spicy second.

Southern Hemisphere Fresh Hop is an outstanding APA. Since Sierra Nevada has a habit of brewing wonderfully delicious beer and since I love their (Northern Hemisphere) Fresh Hop Ale, the fact that this one is lip-smackingly tasty was almost a foregone conclusion. The hops can't have faded much because 66 IBUs seems... just about right.

The word that keeps coming to mind is 'seamless'. As my taste buds probe the beer from all angles, they find nothing but expertly crafted ale. The toasted breadiness of the malt provides just enough flavor and sweetness, stepping politely aside for the hops to grab the spotlight. Just as the brewers intended.

The well-chosen hops includes Pacific Hallertau, New Zealand Motueka (formerly 'B' Saaz) and New Zealand Southern Cross. The result is a wonderful mix of white grapefruit and orange zest, lemongrass, spruce tips and a pinch of white pepper. It's a good thing the bottle contains 24 ounces because I'm enjoying this one immensely.

Why can't all breweries create mouthfeels this luscious? It's incredibly creamy and supple and lightly tingly and... well, it's damn near perfect. Are we sure this isn't an IPA?

What a stroke of brilliance! Shipping hops from the Southern Hemisphere in order to brew a fresh hop ale during the Northern Hemisphere's spring. Since Sierra Nevada calls this 2008 release 'inaugural', it's obvious that they intend to brew it annually. Hallelujah! Hopheads rejoice.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 08/20/11 notes/ Had on tap at the Iron Horse in Washington, DC. I've had this one many times, finally reviewing it.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, and fruity malts. Some definite fruit and lots of hops; very nice.

t - Tastes of pine and citrus hops, honey, fruity malts, and bready malts. Not quite as much hops as the nose and more malts, but still nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really solid IPA. I've bought bottles of this many times and will continue to do so. I also think it's a great beginner IPA as I've had a lot of non-craft beer drinkers really enjoy this one. Will certainly have it again.

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Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Quick six west in York, Pa. Poured chilled from the 24oz brown bottle into a Bass trademark glass. 8140c-16:37 freshness date.

A - A gently hazed dark amber/sunset shade w/ hints of copper and gold. The head is a creamy rocky beige of about 2 fingers settling out to about 1/4 inch and leaving a light coating of lace.

S - Spicy floral hoppy aroma w/ a nice full malty odor mixed w/ earthy leafy fresh resinous scents. Subtle fruity esters like apricot and citrus notes enhance the aroma w/ a touch of sour orange.

M - Sweetness and moderately full on carbonation floolowed by a bitter hop bite and spice which lingers until the dry and mostly clean finish.

T - A wonderful dose of english tasting hops which even though it is piney is very bitter, but has pine needle like sharp flavor which relaxes as the substantial American malt swells. The yeast is clean and accents the hops w/ a tinge of citrus , but not quite grapefruit, more tart orange. The malt is both toasty and slightly creamy w/ the soft resinous oily taste of the hoops riding high and making the bitterness stand out as the beer warms the hops open up and the taste is slightly grassy w/ more spice.

D - An excellent fresh hop ale, intense hop flavor and it has a flavor that is not your ordinary 'c' fest. A really interesting beer w/ exceptional drinkability.

I tried the 2009 version on 5/20

A -4 S-4 M-4 T-4.5 D-4

Poured chilled into a Nonic

A -Dark gold/light amber w/ a thick pale head good clarity and visible carbonation and light lace

S -Sweet toasted malt w/ citrus and gentle pine

M - Crisp moderate carbonation w/ medium body and medum bitterness w/ spice and mild astringency

T - Lemony w/ mild pine flavor and gentle sweet malt dry flavor w/ leafy hops that are slightly herbal w/ faint spice and mild alcohol flavor. Gentle fruit tast w/ hints of apple but mellow the taste is hop but has plenty of malt flavor to cushion

D This is a very drinkable APA-plenty of fresh hop flavor. I could drink a few and not get tired. I am glad this continues to be offered by Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always glad to see these hit the shelves this time of year. A beer that is affordable and that you can always, always count on. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/28/2010.

The pour was amazing, rich amber in color with a great clarity to it and a large, two inch head of white foam that would not quit. Even letting it settle still left tons of lacing up and down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is deep resiny hops. Lots of piney aromas here, touches of sweet citrus, balanced as it warms with hints of rich biscuit like touches that lie just below the surface. Each sip is clean, crisp, and very well recieved with a sessionability that is simply outstanding. Long drawn out finish is wet, then dry, clean and nearly perfect, making you return over and over again.

Overall you really cannot go wrong with this one. Just a solid nearly perfect pale all around.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange color with a dense white head. Rather heavy on the citrus peel aromas, particularly orange. A nice floral quality along with a hint of pine in the background. A touch of sweet malt is also there. A bit of bready malt up front, quickly followed by orange peel and a solid floral and perfume quality. A moderate bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this at the store today as we didn't get any in NH last year, Sold!

Pours a deep golden copper color with a bubbly white head that sticks around forever. Floral citrus minty hops dominate the aroma, but hints of caramel and bread peak through. Taste is slightly bitter with citrus and mint, hints of caramel and a bit of a mineral taste in there as well. Crisp bubbly carbonation, resinous slick sticky mouthfeel, medium body bit of a dry finish. Nice drinker, needs more aroma hops, but easy to drink. Great value at 4.49 for 24oz.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Pours a clear deep amber with a thumb of cream-colored froth on top, which leaves some thick lacing as it dies away. The nose is citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, and raisins. Didn't see that last one coming, but I'm not really gonna argue here. The taste is loaded with hops, showcasing pine and sharp grapefruit flavors. The malt backbone of caramel and toffee comes through pretty well too. The body is, at best, a light medium, with a moderately active carbonation and a smooth, dry finish. A solid IPA from the venerable brewery out Californey way.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into snifter

Pours an orange amber with a thin lacing of head. Smells of sweet malt and citrus hops. Taste is malts and flower with a mild hop bitterness in the finish. A little sweet but nice balance between hops and malt. Moderate carbonation, medium to full bodied.

Yet another nice beer from SN. Not as hoppy or bitter as some of their other offerings, but all around solid.

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Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Wegmans in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden copper, with lots of haze. 2 inch fluffy foamy head, good lacing.

Smells earthy and dank, some grass, grapefruit, and orange.

Similar flavor, but more complex. The hop flavor can only be described as "the good kind of dirty"- very earthy, dank, and resinous, with black and white pepper, grapefruit, passionfruit, grass, and pine. Very crisp and dry.

Full body, creamy but dry mouthfeel, well carbonated. Quite drinkable. Lingering bitterness as well as lingering tingliness on the lips and tongue.

A lot of earthy flavors in this one that really work. The mouthfeel has this crazy tingliness that I love and don't see often.

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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,098 ratings